How to Open a Cross Ballpoint Pen
So you just bought your first A.T. Cross ballpoint, and you’re about to unbox it. This is great! If you’re like me, unboxing can be a really exciting moment. It’s especially exciting for someone new to Cross pens. If you’re not like me, and unboxing means nothing to you, then I hope you still enjoy some helpful tips about Cross ballpoints contained in this article.
Here are some things to remember before getting started:
Every Cross pen product comes with three things:
- 1. Your pen
- 2. A Cross gift box
- 3. An outer protective sleeve
A quick note on box styles
Basically, the fancier the pen you ordered, the fancier the box that comes with it. If you ordered a ballpoint made of chrome or something similar, chances are your pen will arrive in a small case (2 ⅝- x 6 ¾-inches) with a fully removable top.
If you bought a ballpoint in 10K or 14K gold, black lacquer, or pearlescent white, it may arrive in a bigger box (4 ⅛ x 7 ¼-inches, only a little smaller than a cigar box) with a hinge top. These larger boxes also come with a foam protector on the inside and a neat little booklet on the Cross brand. But let’s get back to the fun part.
Start by removing the protective outer sleeve by sliding the box out of its open side. Now, you’ll get to see Cross’s signature branding style: a black and gold color palette which really makes their iconic lion logo stand out (marketing and graphic design nerds take note!).
Once you’ve got the protective sleeve off, go ahead and open the gift box. Inside, you’ll find your very own Cross ballpoint pen held in place by a fancy ribbon (but really by conveniently hidden elastic strings).
Definitely don’t waste any time checking out your new ballpoint and getting a feel for it. Remove it from beneath the elastic and test it out. To extend the writing tip, simply twist the cap (the section where the clip is located) clockwise. To retract it, just twist it back counter-clockwise. If you ordered refills, they might be located beneath the cushion; just look for the yellow ribbon at the bottom right corner, and lift it up. Be sure to check out our article on replacing ballpoint ink in Cross pens.
Appreciate the Moment
Take a moment to examine your pen. What makes it different from other pens you’ve used? What stands out in its design? How does it feel in your hand?
At this point, it might be good to share a few words about what your personal pen style says about the kind of person you are because pens are more than just helpful writing instruments, they’re symbols. These symbols subtly communicate to others who you are. While the barrel design of the pen is the first thing people see, but the ink style is just as important. For more on this topic, check out our article on different writing styles.
Now, I hope you’ve got paper nearby, because one really frustrating experience is having a new pen and no paper for trying it out. Cross ballpoints have a distinct feel on paper. Oil-based ink feels, well… oily, but you can tell you have a good one when you don’t have to put too much pressure on it to leave a line, but also the darkness and thickness of the line should respond dynamically to varying degrees of pressure.
If your daily use ballpoint currently feels chalky, or if it feels like you have to chisel into stone just to leave a mark, well, you might want to consider picking a Cross ballpoint pen. They’re not chalky, and I don’t recommend using one for actual sculpting. That might void Cross’s lifetime mechanical warranty that comes with every single one of its pens. They’re so sure your pen will last, they gauruntee it.
True Story: we’ve heard from a customer or two who have had the same Cross pens since the 1950’s, and they still work beautifully.
Now that you’ve unboxed your new Cross ballpoint pen, enjoy. A new pen, whether it’s your first or a new addition to a grand collection, is sure to bring you or someone you know a small measure of joy. Getting your pen personally engraved by Dayspring Pens might just bring a little bit more.